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    Default Gall bladder pain 4.5 yrs post op

    Hi
    So I had my gall bladder removed 4.5 years ago and have had no pain ever since. I was careful with my diet for a while but slowly let things slip and never had a problem. I have a fairly healthy diet anyway. Before my gall bladder removal anything was setting off an attack. One night I had half a cup of herbal tea and had a bad attack. After the surgery, my surgeon said the gall stones were like gravel, that's why I was having attacks so often. Not sure if any of that is relevant now.

    Anyways, fast forward 4.5 years and I have the pain again. It's lasted around 6 hours so far, coming and going, panadol eased it for about an hour. It isn't as intense but still uncomfortable. I couldn't eat dinner and feel a bit queezy. Before it started I hadn't eaten anything that bad.

    Any idea what could be going on??

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    The pain has gone now after a big sleep. Still would like to know if it's happened to anyone else and what it was?
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    I had an attack a out 1.5 years after removal, I ended up in emergency. It was the night after my wedding day, I'd had migraines and had taken a few doses of panedine forte over the weekend. The Dr in emergency after xrays said it was likely triggered by the codeine as it slows digestion and can cause bile sludge (eww) which similarly get stuck going through the bile duct. I've never had codeine since nor an attack... touch wood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    How are going now OP? Out of interest do you have any other symptoms?

    I went to the doctor this week about the exact same problem. I have to have an abdominal ultrasound and a procedure for other investigations into the cause of the pain.
    Hi, thanks for your reply. I'm totally fine now. Haven't had any pain since. It was weird as nothing that I can think of had changed. My diet is good and I hadn't eaten anything that bad that day, but before I had my gall bladder removed anything was setting off an attack, not just bad food.
    Hope your ultrasound and procedure go ok and turn out to be nothing. Let me know so I can keep it in mind if I get the pain again
    Last edited by twolittlemunchkins; 14-06-2014 at 10:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emski72 View Post
    I had an attack a out 1.5 years after removal, I ended up in emergency. It was the night after my wedding day, I'd had migraines and had taken a few doses of panedine forte over the weekend. The Dr in emergency after xrays said it was likely triggered by the codeine as it slows digestion and can cause bile sludge (eww) which similarly get stuck going through the bile duct. I've never had codeine since nor an attack... touch wood!

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    Thanks for your reply. This pain wasn't as bad as an attack before I had it removed. I went to emergency a few times with that pain. This was just uncomfortable but bearable. I had a cold I think a week, maybe even 2 weeks before I had the pain and had taken codral cold and flu tablets for a few days. Not sure if that would have given me the pain a couple of weeks later. I'll keep it in mind though!!

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    You could still have a stone stuck in your bile duct. You'd need an MRI to confirm, in bad cases where the gallbladder is full of stones it's not uncommon. I'd go to the GP and get a referral for a specialist.


 

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